Il Gabbiano is a pleasant two-star hotel located pretty much slap-bang in the middle of Otranto, convenient for the town's beaches, the evening passeggiata, bars and restaurants. When we visited in July it was one of the only affordable hotels in the town itself: Otranto is a popular seaside getaway and prices rocket in the summer. We were prepared for the hotel to be a dive but it was actually good value for money.
The hotel is clean and the owners friendly. We were given plenty of advice on how to get to our next destination and there are various maps and brochures on the area downstairs. Rooms have private bathrooms and are fairly spacious. Our room had a balcony overlooking the front of the hotel.
The only real downside was the lack of air conditioning. It was very difficult to sleep with the heat, and, although there was a fan which was enough in the daytime, I don't think I could have stayed more than a night.
Directions: Confusingly, the hotel is also called Hotel Mueble' - so look out for signs for both Gabbiano and Mueble' on arrival.
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